Susanne Norwood Elected President of the VT Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association
Susanne Norwood has been elected President-Elect for the Vermont chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). She will assume the role as President-Elect this July and take over as President in 2021 alongside then President, Caleb Pillsbury, and Past-President, Stefanie Weigand. The responsibilities of President include overseeing the state chapter and being responsible for the implementation of all ACDA activities in the state. These include the High School Madrigal Festival, Children’s Honor Choir Festival, Great Day of Singing, and the Gather at the River Choral Conference which will be hosted this year at Harwood Union High School on June 28 and 29.
Mrs. Norwood is the vocal and instrumental director at Lyndon Institute, an independent high school in Lyndon Center, VT. She is the director of five ensembles which include concert band, jazz band, world music, chorus, and an auditioned after-school select chorus. In addition to these ensembles, she teaches AP® Music Theory and is the musical director and accompanist for the school’s annual musical. She is also the founding director of the Caledonia Children’s Chorus, an advanced choral group open to selected local students in grades three and above.
Before her work at Lyndon Institute, she taught at Ho’okena School in South Kona, Hawaii and was also the director of the Kona Community Children’s Chorus. She has performed with the Syracuse Oratorio Society, and has been a soloist in the Kona Community Chorus, Lyndon State College Community Chorus, Pumpkin Hill Singers, and in the North Country Chorus.
“I am honored to be chosen as VT-ACDA's President-Elect. I look forward to working with the leadership of Stefanie Weigand, our current President from Harwood Union High School, and with Caleb Pillsbury from Mount Mansfield Union High School, who serves as the current President-Elect. Being able to promote the choral arts at the state level with singers of all ages and fellow music educators has always interested me. I am excited to become a part of the leadership of such an incredible organization,” said Mrs. Norwood.
Mrs. Norwood graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Music Education. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Music Education with a specialization in conducting from Colorado State University. She lives in East Burke with her husband Adam and their two children.
For information on the Vermont chapter of the ACDA, visit www.vtacda.org.